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Thread: 6.8 Rem Thoughts in the contender

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    6.8 Rem Thoughts in the contender

    Anyone shoot the 6.8 rem in a contender, how do you like it ? I currently have both a 7-30 waters & 6.8 rem 14 inch barrel. How do these stack against each other? The 6.8 rem is close to the contender frame limits but factory ammo should still be safe in a contender right ?

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    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2010
    Tom, VA
    The two are very close in performance. If I owned both, I would load them to the same approximate pressure levels. I prefer the 7-30 Waters, but that is because my barrel is the most accurate Contender barrel I own.

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    Boolit Master C A Plater's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    Eva, Alabama
    I have a carbine 6.8 and 12" 7-30 barrels. The 7 has more bullet choices than the 6.8 but brass is readily available. Both make good deer/varmint medicine. The only factory ammo 6.8 ammo I tried was one box of cheap Remington ball. It grouped like buckshot but handloads shined brightly. My 7-30 is a MGM barrel and it out shoots the 6.8 a bit and has a rim which I prefer in Contenders so I shoot it more. There is no bad choice here.

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